OTA Lottery Enrollment Period Closes March 6 • Last Tour Before Lottery is Today at 4 PM!

Interested in enrolling your child at Old Town Academy for the 2015-2016 School Year?Welcome to OTA video screenshotClick to view video • Click on the links below to Start the Application Process to register your child/ren for the Old Town Academy 2015-2016 Lottery.

Please Note:

  • A separate application must be filled out for each child
  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 6, 2015.  After you successfully complete the online application you will receive an email confirmation with a submission ID, which will mean your child is officially enrolled in the lottery.*
    •  Submission Confirmation
      Dear parents of “Student Name”,
      The 2015-2016 Enrollment Application for Aaron has been successfully submitted to LVCP. [Old Town Academy’s Charter School Network]
      Here is your Submission ID: 7683294
  • Kindergarten children need to be five years old ON OR BEFORE: September 1st of 2015. A Birth Certificate or Passport is required for verification before enrollment is finalized.
  • If your child applied for the lottery last year and is on the wait list now, you must apply again for 2015-2016. Wait list numbers do not carry over from year to year.
  • If your child or children are already enrolled in OTA, you do not need to fill out a Lottery Application, but do need to fill out an Intent to Re-enroll Form by Mar 6, 2015 to hold your place for 2015-2016 (most families have already done so).

Enrollment Procedure:

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Reminder: Movie Night Rescheduled for this Friday, March 6 • OTA Decals! with Wall of Wine Donation

Join us for Family Movie Night on the Green…supporting OTA Robotics! (Slideshow)

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While you are there, help us get ready for the OTA Wine and Dine, our school’s largest fundraiser, Saturday, April 25, 2015.

This year our fundraising efforts will be focused on raising funds towards our STEM Curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math): labs and maker spaces for the classrooms.

  • Tickets – Tickets for the OTA Wine and Dine will be on sale at Movie Night!  Stop by and purchase your tickets (early bird pricing ends March 15!) so you can take advantage of early bird pricing.  Checks and credit cards will be accepted.
  • Wall of Wine/Gift Card Tree - Bring a bottle of wine or gift card priced $20 or more and receive your complimentary limited edition OTA decal.
    OTA Decal

Thank You to the Schmutz Family, Devlin & Julie, for creating and donating the stylish decals!

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We expect to begin serving food by 5:15 PM with the movie to commence at approximately 6:00 PM. The movie will end at approximately 8:00 PM.
Please note:
  • You may send your children with other OTA families but not unaccompanied.
  • Students will not be allowed to leave campuswithout their parents or supervising Adult, until the movie ends.
On behalf of the OTA Foundation Board, we hope to see everyone there!

Sci High San Diego STEM High School Presentation • Tomorrow March 5, 6:30 in 7th Grade Room

Sci-High-Tech-School-255x300Parents who joined us for the first presentation in February were very impressed!

OTA Parents, please join us Thursday night to learn more about a new charter high school in San Diego.  Bill Hixson, lead developer of the project-based STEM high school, will be there to tell you more about this new school.  Bill is a software entrepreneur who after selling his company “retired” into a second career of teaching.  He focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) education and worked on new school and school turn-around teams in NYC in addition to teaching on the faculty of Teachers College Columbia University.

We believe this school will be a good fit for OTA students with a strong faculty and a curriculum focused on independent learning (the school will be incorporating Project Trees) and mathematical and scientific literacy.  Work-study will be a large part of the program starting in 11th grade.  Its project-based, blended learning model will integrate in-class and online learning activities within each project.

The projected opening date for the new high school will be the 2016-2017 academic year.  All parents are welcome; parents with students in 5th-8th grades and especially 7th grade are especially encouraged to attend Thursday to learn more.

Reminder: OTA Lottery Enrollment Period Closes March 6

Interested in enrolling your child at Old Town Academy for the 2015-2016 School Year?Welcome to OTA video screenshotClick to view video • Click on the links below to Start the Application Process to register your child/ren for the Old Town Academy 2015-2016 Lottery.

Please Note:

  • A separate application must be filled out for each child
  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 6, 2015.  After you successfully complete the online application you will receive an email confirmation with a submission ID, which will mean your child is officially enrolled in the lottery.*
    •  Submission Confirmation
      Dear parents of “Student Name”,
      The 2015-2016 Enrollment Application for Aaron has been successfully submitted to LVCP. [Old Town Academy’s Charter School Network]
      Here is your Submission ID: 7683294
  • Kindergarten children need to be five years old ON OR BEFORE: September 1st of 2015. A Birth Certificate or Passport is required for verification before enrollment is finalized.
  • If your child applied for the lottery last year and is on the wait list now, you must apply again for 2015-2016. Wait list numbers do not carry over from year to year.
  • If your child or children are already enrolled in OTA, you do not need to fill out a Lottery Application, but do need to fill out an Intent to Re-enroll Form by Mar 6, 2015 to hold your place for 2015-2016 (most families have already done so).

Enrollment Procedure:

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Please Join us at the 2015 OTA Wine and Dine!

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Click here to buy tickets for the Spring Fundraiser to support your school! 
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                              The 2013-2014 Wine & Dine – Under the Tent!

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Old Town Academy is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to excellence in public education. Our school is tuition-free. We rely on a combination of public funds and private donations to support our small-school campus (OTA receives no public funds for facilities), our wonderful teaching staff, and ambitious programs in Music, Math, Science, Programming/Robotics, and more.
Your support helps OTA continue to fulfill its mission— Equity and Excellence for All Students by providing a free, first-rate education open to all San Diego children.
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**New** OTA ENRICH! Mon, Friday 3:30-5:00 • Music Club: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Voice

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Open Minds Director Christine D’Amico will be leading the Monday, Friday Music Club starting today and running throughout Third Quarter.
Virtuoso Music Academy Strings students are automatically enrolled in the After School Music Club. This will allow them to practice in small groups, by experience, and then return to the Music Club in the Kiwanis Music Lab to work on Piano (Soft Mozart or Piano Maestro), Violin (Smart Music or Play Along Violin), Guitar (Baby Taylor Guitars donated by Taylor Guitar), Songs, and to record VideoSongs. Virtuoso Music Academy Strings student parents can pick their child up right after Strings lessons or at 5 PM when Music Club ends.
Virtuoso Music Academy Lesson Schedule
  • 3:15 – 3:45 Suzuki
  • 3:50 – 4:40 Sassmannshaus
  • 4:45 – 5:15 Solo (if there is any)
All other parents (of students not signed up for Virtuoso Music Academy) are welcome to join the Music Club too–it will be a very fun class! Please register with Christine on the first day of class or through the Open Minds web site.
Open Minds Register

6th Grade Starts Piano Maestro – Sight Reading Music – Playing with the Band!

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Why Piano Maestro? OTA Students started their piano journey with Soft Mozart, a perfect introduction to musical notation and the keyboard. But now they are ready to move up to the next level. The program is free on iPads for students at OTA (Download App, sign in, register w/ Anthony Kaneaster as teacher): all you need is an iPad and a keyboard (no cables!).

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OTA Calendar Notes: Feb 5, 2015 — Friday Parent Coffee • New Violin Program Starts TODAY • Lottery Sign-up Registration is Live! • Wine & Dine Tickets now for Sale!

*** 2015 Wine & Dine Tickets Available now at the OTA Foundation Site! ***

  • TODAY After School, Friday, Feb 6, Virtuoso Music Academy classes start up. Classes will meet Monday and Friday and the program is world-class. …(Walk-ins welcome tomorrow–ages K-8. Learn more here:
  • TODAY, Friday, Feb 6 is our next OTA Parent Foundation Morning Coffee (8:30 in the downstairs gym/lunchroom). Hosted by the OTA Parent Foundation President Kuan Collins and OTA Administrators, this is a time to ask questions, meet other OTA Parents, get the latest on our most important fundraiser, the Wine & Dine Spring Gala, learn about the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Results; and learn about volunteering opportunities for Q3 & Q4: we’re looking for
    • DuoLingo Foreign Language Club Mentors (Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Portuguese),Duolingo-Learning Lab 'App of the Week'
    • Piano Lab Coaches, Robotics Lab Coaches,
    • Math Lab Coaches,
    • Athletic Coaches (Basketball, Baseball, Soccer), and more!
  • MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Reports coming home next week (via email). Students have been reviewing their reports and setting goals for Q3.… and speaking of setting goals…
  • Home Project Tree Tracking Solutions: Refrigerator, Bulletin Board, or Foam Board! Many parents are setting up Project Tree stations at home!3rd Grade Q1 2014 Project Trees
  • Sunday, Feb 8, OTA Open Basketball starts up again…(2:00-4:00 PM at Presidio Gym) for 3rd-8th grade students, alumni, siblings, moms, dads, grandparents

*** View the OTA Calendar here ***

2015 Wine & Dine News: Auction, Wall of Wine, Event • Tickets On Sale Now!

*** 2015 Wine & Dine Tickets Available now at the OTA Foundation Site***
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Wine & Dine Under the Tent - April 26,2014

Old Town Academy Wine and Dine is all about building our community. We will share our gala stories that shape our event and we want you to do the same. That’s why Facebook and Instagram will be a big part of the event in 2015. You’ll be our photographers, and we’ll share our posts on both sites and also on the big screen at the event.  ⇒⇒ What is the Wine & Dine? ♥♥♥  Click here to learn more

Thank you! —Sandra Gartland, Monika Hanft and Meredith Lurie
To help us build community and tell our story, get ready now!  Here’s how:

  • Go to www.otafoundation.org
  • Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons.

ENRICH! OTA After School • Q3 Schedule (Links for Zumba, Spanish, Learning Lab, Violins, Guitar)

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After-School Q3 2015 Schedule

Click to print pdf: After School Q3 2015 Schedule

More information on Course Content and Instructors will be available on the new ENRICH! OTA After School Website.

2nd Semester “Pizza Friday” Order Form – Please Turn in Orders By Wednesday!

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  • Please turn in your forms and money to your classroom teacher or to Mrs Ramirez in the office by noon on WEDNESDAY. Thank You!
  • We encourage everyone to order for the entire Semester; this makes things much easier for our OTA Parent-Volunteers.

* Proceeds from Pizza Fridays support OTA Outdoor Ed/Field Trip programs. *

For 2014-2015 OTA Pictures of the Week Slide Show….

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Reminder: Introducing Virtuoso Music Academy! Friday 4 PM • OTA Parents & Students, come learn about the new After School music program

*** Please arrive early so we can start on time. Parking is available in front of the field after 3:30. Old Town Academy address: 2120 San Diego Ave, 92110  7th Grade Room is on the first floor, first right out of elevator ***

Musicians Playing for you today:

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Ai Nihira – Violin
- Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
- Master Graduate from Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale School of Music    
 
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Chiyuan Chen – Viola
- Principal Viola of the San Diego Symphony
- Top-prize winner of 2000 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and 2004 International Paris Viola Competition Ville d’Avray
-Doctoral’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory 
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Yao Zhao – Cello
- Principal Cello of the San Diego Symphony
- Top Ten Outstanding Young Chinese Cellist
- Faculty at the SDSU and Idyllwild Arts Academy
- Graduated from USC with Ms. Eleonore Schoenfeld
 
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Jian Chen – Cello
Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
- Master’s degree and Doctoral candidate from USC
- Three grade Sydney Chan’s mom!!!
Stanny Shiu / 肖宁
Director/ Virtuoso Music Academy, Inc.
Director/ Asia Pacific Arts Management Ltd.
Executive Director / Great Wall International Music Academy
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Friday, January 26th 30th at 4 PM in the 7th Grade Room, musicians and instructors from the Virtuoso Music Academy and the San Diego Symphony will present a 30 minute concert and presentation for parents interested in signing up for After School Strings Instruction.

Classes will start the second week of the quarter, meeting Monday and/or Friday (exact schedule TBD). Students will be accepted in Violin, Viola, and Cello (See What Instrument Do You Want to Play?), Grades K-8 welcome. OTA Orchestra with Mr. John Nettles will continue Tu & Th, with the VMA Teachers focusing on technique and on teaching students how to practice.

Why Study Music? Is Music the Key to Success?

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Learn from the best!
Dear Parents: Based on our decade of classical music education experience, we can’t wait to bring the best music education to students in greater San Diego. We will also bring the most renowned artists from the stage to our classroom; and vice versa, we will bring our best students from the classroom to the International music stages!

— VMA Director, Stanny Shui

ENRICH! OTA After School • Q3 Schedule

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After-School Q3 2015 Schedule

Click to print pdf: After School Q3 2015 Schedule

More information on Course Content and Instructors will be available on the new ENRICH! OTA After School Website.

The 2015 Wine & Dine Is Coming! Help us tell the story on Facebook & Instagram

Feb 5 Update: *** 2015 Wine & Dine Tickets Available now at the OTA Foundation Site***
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Wine & Dine Under the Tent - April 26,2014

Old Town Academy Wine and Dine is all about building our community. We will share our gala stories that shape our event and we want you to do the same. That’s why Facebook and Instagram will be a big part of the event in 2015. You’ll be our photographers, and we’ll share our posts on both sites and also on the big screen at the event.  ⇒⇒ What is the Wine & Dine? ♥♥♥  Click here to learn more

2013 Wine & Dine Entrance 1Thank you! —Sandra Gartland, Monika Hanft and Meredith Lurie
To help us build community and tell our story, get ready now!  Here’s how:

  • Go to www.otafoundation.org
  • Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons.

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OTA Calendar Notes: Jan 16, 2015 — Monday is Martin Luther King Day (School Holiday)

  • Sunday, Jan 18, is OTA Open Basketball (2:00-4:00 PM at Presidio Gym) for 3rd-8th grade students, alumni, siblings, moms, dads, grandparents.
  • Monday, Jan 19, is Martin Luther King Day and a school holiday.
    • Visit the King Center to learn more about the life of Martin Luther King
    • Watch a video from the NBA in honor of MLK Day and his I Have a Dream speech: “Barrier Breakers”

  • Friday, Jan 23 is the Last Day of the Quarter and a Half-Day (Dismissal at 12, After-School Classes Meet)
  • Friday, Feb 6 is the next OTA Parent Foundation Morning Coffee (8:30 in the downstairs gym/lunchroom). Hosted by the OTA Parent Foundation President Kuan Collins and OTA Administrators, this is a time to ask questions, meet other OTA Parents, and learn about volunteering opportunities for Q3 & Q4: We’re looking for DuoLingo Foreign Language Club Mentors (Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Portuguese), Piano Lab Coaches, Robotics Lab Coaches, Math Lab Coaches, Athletic Coaches (Basketball, Baseball, Soccer), and more!

*** View the OTA Calendar here ***

Reminder: Instruction begins promptly at 8:10. Please arrive early so your child gets the best hours of the day

Dear Parents, we have noticed an increase in tardy children whose late arrival is disrupting ten after 8 o clock-gray bkgrndclassroom instruction…

  • Old Town Academy students start every day with Mathematics: missing even 10 minutes a day adds up to 30 hours of missed math instruction over the course of our 185-day school year!

Please help your child and other OTA students do their best by arriving on time.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Mrs. Kamanski

Happy New Year from OTA! An Astronauts Guide to Optimism • “It all starts with a resolution, what’s yours?”

“Our world is not as bad a place as we often feel it to be. It is easy to look to the future and lament on how far there is left to go, but sometimes it is helpful to stop and reflect on just how far we’ve come.

This New Years, my resolution is to help make our world a better place. What’s yours?”

“Remember, nobody changes the world on their own” —Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Thank You ResMed, for Supporting the Music-Math Lab!

ResMed, a local medical company specializing in sleep apnea and respiratory care solutions, is a generous supporter of San Diego Education non-profits that work with children. At an Awards Luncheon yesterday ResMed presented OTA with a grant to support our Kiwanis Club of San Diego (Serving the World’s Children) Music-Math Learning Acceleration Lab
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What is ST (Spatial Temporal) Math?

Why ST Math?

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Why Music at OTA?

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OTA Jog-a-Thon Surprise Dedication: ALICIA & TONY GWYNN FIELD!

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**New** Virtuoso Music Academy: Monday & Friday 3:15/3:50/4:45 • **New** Music Club: Monday, Friday 3:30-5:00

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Open Minds Teachers will be leading the Monday, Friday Music Club starting today and running throughout Third Quarter.
Virtuoso Music Academy Strings students are automatically enrolled in the After School Music Club. This will allow them to practice in small groups, by experience, and then return to the Music Club in the Kiwanis Music Lab to work on Piano (Soft Mozart or Piano Maestro), Violin (Smart Music or Play Along Violin), Guitar (Baby Taylor Guitars donated by Taylor Guitar), Songs, and to record VideoSongs. Virtuoso Music Academy Strings student parents can pick their child up right after Strings lessons or at 5 PM when Music Club ends.
Virtuoso Music Academy Lesson Schedule
  • 3:15 – 3:45 Suzuki
  • 3:50 – 4:40 Sassmannshaus
  • 4:45 – 5:15 Solo (if there is any)
All other parents (of students not signed up for Virtuoso Music Academy) are welcome to join the Music Club too– it will be a very fun class! Please register with Christine on the first day of class or through the Open Minds web site.
Open Minds Register

Reminder: Join us for Family Movie Night • Friday, March 6!

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Join us for our second OTA Movie Night on the Green to celebrate the new year and raise money for your OTA Robotics Team!

OTA Robotics and Robotics Teams 2011-2015 Slideshow:

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Movie Night Rescheduled for Friday, March 6 • OTA Decals! with Wall of Wine Donation

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Family Movie Night, supporting OTA Robotics Teams!

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While you are there, help us get ready for the OTA Wine and Dine, our school’s largest fundraiser, held on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  This year, our fundraising efforts will be focused on raising funds towards our STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

  • Tickets – Tickets for the OTA Wine and Dine will be on sale at Movie Night!  Stop by and purchase your tickets so you can take advantage of early bird pricing.  Checks and credit cards will be accepted.
  • Wall of Wine/Gift Card Tree - Bring a bottle of wine or gift card priced $20 or more and receive your complimentary limited edition OTA decal.OTA Decal

Thank You to the Schmutz Family, Devlin & Julie, for creating and donating the stylish decals!

Meredith

Sci High San Diego STEM High School Presentation, Thursday March 5, 6:30 in 7th Grade Room

Sci High Tech SchoolOTA Parents, please join us Thursday night to learn more about an exciting new charter high school for San Diego. (Parents who joined us for the first presentation in February were very very impressed!) Bill Hixson, lead developer of the project-based STEM High School, will be there to tell you more about his new school. Bill is a software entrepreneur who after selling his company “retired” into a second career in teaching. He focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) education and worked on school turn-around teams in NYC, in addition to teaching on the faculty of Colombia Teachers College.

We believe this school will be a good fit for OTA students, with a strong faculty and a curriculum focused on independent learning (the school will be incorporating Project Trees) and mathematical & scientific literacy. Internships will be a large part of the program starting in 11th grade, and its project-based, blended learning model will integrate in-class and online learning activities within each project.

The projected opening date for the new high school will be the 2016-2016 school year. All parents are welcome but parents with students in grades 5th-8th are particularly encouraged to attend Thursday to learn more.

Friday Feb 27th Movie Night is Cancelled due to Rain! • Uniform Store will NOT be open tonight

Already raining in Clairemont (we hear!). Very sorry to postpone, but wind and rain are on the way. Thank you to all for your hard work getting ready for the show… stay tuned for a makeup date tba on the blog.

The uniform store will NOT be open tonight as announced. Stay tuned for another uniform day, probably with the next movie night.